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So I just purchased a Logitech G510 for 50% off at the Logitech store to replace my G15, but now I'm considering just selling both keyboards and using the money for a nice mechanical keyboard.

Backlighting would be nice, but if the non-backlit ones are THAT much better, I would be able to deal with it. I'm not interested in backlighting for looks, I'm kind of an insomniac and tend to be typing late at night, but I guess my monitor could supply sufficient lighting.

I'm guessing I would want Black switches, since I type a lot, but I do game quite a bit as well. Not exactly sure what switches I should be going for, to be honest. I wish there was a store that actually sold mechanical keyboards that I could test out.

The Deck Legend looks great, although a bit expensive, but I assume I get what I pay for. Is there something "better" you guys could recommend for me?
Edited by VanillaCena - 5/16/11 at 8:41am
post #2 of 19
In the backlit department, the Deck is the highest quality option. It's also your only option if you want a backlight and Black switches, until the Mionix Zibal 60 comes out over the summer.
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In the backlit department, the Deck is the highest quality option. It's also your only option if you want a backlight and Black switches, until the Mionix Zibal 60 comes out over the summer.
Black switches aren't high priority. I've read through the mechanical keyboard guide, but I'm still not sure which switches would be right for me.

That keyboard looks pretty damn awesome. Too bad it is backlit green, as that totally clashes with my set-up.
Might have to compensate if it's that good though.
post #4 of 19
I think you'll want to decide on a switch before looking at actual keyboards. As a gamer, I can tell you that I've never had any issue with Blue or Brown switches. I moved away from Blues because the constant clicking was just too loud for my taste. Blacks aren't for everyone, but you can say that about any switch I guess.
post #5 of 19
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I think you'll want to decide on a switch before looking at actual keyboards. As a gamer, I can tell you that I've never had any issue with Blue or Brown switches. I moved away from Blues because the constant clicking was just too loud for my taste. Blacks aren't for everyone, but you can say that about any switch I guess.
Unfortunately I have no way to actually find out what switch I want since no one I know owns a mechanical keyboard. Although Best Buy might have the Black Widow Ultimate if I want to test out blues.

Does Deck offer hassle free returns if I just want to try the product out? I'm worried that I'll end up hating it and flushing ~$150 down the toilet.
post #6 of 19
You can definitely find a BlackWidow on a display in a store pretty easily. If you're lucky you might also find a SteelSeries keyboard (Black switches). Good luck with any other switches though.
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IMO, even if you can't actually test each switch, you can tell which one you just may like by reading the descriptions. And if you want to see each of the switches working in real life, you can always go to Youtube to find out (which is what I did a LOT before deciding).

Personally, I really loved the clicky noise that MX blues made, so I narrowed my choice down to those that have this switch.

And then, I was really attracted to Xarmor's U9BL

which has backlight for each key. I believe this fits your description as well?

I almost bought this keyboard, but found out that Newegg was doing sales on DAS keyboard (20% off, which is now over), so I couldn't resist pulling the trigger. Now this guy is in mail, headed to my way

So even though you don't have physical access to keyboard, you can still do quite a lot of research.
    
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I wouldn't really recommend XArmor keyboards. QC issues, not to mention iOne (the parent company) allegedly discontinued the XArmor brand. Not really a surprise considering that it's been months now that XArmor's website is a single page only with info to contact them for support (and not great support, at that).

I had a U9BL, had a chattering issue with it, sent it to them, they said they couldn't find anything wrong with the keyboard so they "cleaned" it and sent it back. They also let me know that they were charging $25 for wrongful returns. They didn't charge me because I guess that's a new policy of theirs, but now it's clearly posted on their "website". Basically I took that as their way of telling me "don't mess with us, leave us alone".

Anyway, I got the keyboard back and sold it a few days later (I'd been meaning to sell it anyway, due to my dislike of Blues). Admittedly the chattering issue was gone during the time I had it, so I pray that the person who bought it from me doesn't have any issues either, because I'd hate to have sold him a piece of crap.
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Yeah I thought about Xarmor's quality issues as well, both hearing about them and thinking that since they charge the same amount as DAS does for their keyboards which have fewer functions than an Xarmor does, I assumed that at some point its quality had to be compromised.

For some reason, for a week I was just into the backlit keyboard. But I also see that the backlit keyboards usually tend to have designs that are....gamer-ish or peudo-futuristic looks that don't appear to me at all. I wish there were backlit DAS or Filco Majestouch (correct me if there is one), but now that I bought a DAS, I'm not too concerned about it as much as I am with how it types.

I'm not that instrumental in selling my things off that easily, so if I'm buying something, I wanted it to last with me for a while. After all, I think I made the right choice by picking up a DAS.
    
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they are extremely loud, you should see if you can handle the sound level first
    
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